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Victorian Environment Friends Network

The Victorian Environment Friends Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria.

It is coordinated by a committee elected at the biennial conference.

 

About Friends Groups

 
 Victorian Environment Friends Network

'Friends' are people who are interested in giving practical assistance to a particular conservation reserve, or a species of native plant or animal.

This includes scenic, historic, cultural, and nature reserves and many different types of flora and fauna.

Friends groups, and groups with similar objectives, work in a great variety of natural situations - coastal sites, bush, grasslands, watercourses or wetlands.

 
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They operate in conjunction with the relevant management authority, usually Parks Victoria, a municipal Council, or some other organisation such as the Trust for Nature.

Every group is independent and autonomous. Some are incorporated and have a formal constitution and membership structure, others operate informally, with no membership fee.

While each group will have its own specific objectives, these will include, in broad terms:

  • Providing support for the reserve or species.
  • Assisting with special projects selected by the Friends in consultation with the appropriate management authority.
  • Bringing into contact people with a common interest in the reserve or species.
  • Fostering public awareness of the reserve or species.
  • Supporting the effective management of native flora and fauna in Victoria

 

About Friends Network Committee

The Victorian Environment Friends Network Committee was originally established to organise the biennial conference. Nowadays, as well as doing this it arranges seminars, produces a quarterly newsletter, administers the Best Friend Award, promotes environmental volunteering and liaises with managing authorities.

Here is some information about the current committee:

Robert Bender
Friends of Wilsons Reserve, Organ Pipes NP
Manage 2 bat box projects at these parks
Retired accounting teacher
Interests: tutoring refugees, Earthwatch projects, lecturing on atheism, grandchildren, photography, hiking, bats, frogs, spiders.
Email: redneb.trebor@gmail.com

Sarah Fowler
Environmental Volunteers Support Officer at Yarra Ranges Council
Interests: Environmental and natural resource management and community development.
Hope to achieve better connections and networking between all environmental groups across Victoria
Email: s.fowler@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

Maelor Himbury - Secretary
Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley, Organ Pipes National Park, Steele Creek
Librarian
Manager Friends Network website
Committee member VNPA
Produce daily environmental news digest for Australian Conservation Foundation
Email: maelor@melbpc.org.au

Michael Howes - Treasurer
Friends of Woodlands HP, Organ Pipes NP, Maribyrnong Valley
Publications editor VNPA
Interests: conservation, gardening, classical music, bushwalking, amateur dramatics
Email: michaelh@vnpa.org.au

Laura Mumaw

Board Member, Port Phillip and Westernport CMA

PhD Candidate, RMIT University

Thesis topic: Caring for native biodiversity through wildlife gardening, its contribution to urban social and ecological health

Interests: Wildlife gardening, bushwalking, bird watching

Email: mumaw.white@optusnet.com.au

Ray Radford - Convener
Friends of Merri Creek
Interests - FoMC activities, bushwalking, recreational cycling
Email: rafrara@yahoo.com.au

Sue Wright
Friends of Woodlands Historic Park; Wyperfeld
Teacher - Early Childhood and Primary
Interest areas: interpretation, heritage theatre.
Email: suewri@optusnet.com.au

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